Clemson Football Awards Presented


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<font class=caption>Running back Travis Zachery won the Solid Rock Award.</font>
Running back Travis Zachery won the Solid Rock Award.

Clemson, SC -- Head Coach Tommy Bowden presented numerous awards at the
Clemson team football banquet Saturday night. Most of the awards were
chosen by the Clemson coaching staff for performances during the 2000 Tiger
season. Clemson finished the year with a 9-3 record and top 20 ranking,
the school's high win total since 1993 and high national final ranking
since 1990.


Woodrow Dantzler and Rod Gardner were named co-MVPs of the Clemson
offense, while Nick Eason was named MVP of the defense. Dantzler set a
Clemson record for total offense and rushing yards by a quarterback during
the 2000 season. He established 16 school records overall and scored 13
touchdowns to tie for the ACC lead. He had four consecutive games of at
least 100 yards rushing and 300 yards total offense at one juncture, a
first in college football history.


Gardner caught 58 passes and became Clemson's career receiving
leader in the process. He set a Clemson record with 182 receiving yards at
North Carolina and tied a school single game mark with three touchdown
catches. His 50-yard catch that set up the winning field goal against
South Carolina was one of the highlight plays of the season for the Tigers.
Gardner finished his career with 166 career receptions for 2498 yards.


Eason tied for the Clemson team lead in sacks with seven. He led
all Clemson defensive linemen in tackles with 36. His 11 tackles for loss
ranked second on the Tiger team. Eason, only a sophomore in 2000, missed
the Gator Bowl with a torn achilles tendon injury.


It has been a Clemson tradition to name game captains as the season
progresses, but permanent captains are named at the conclusion of the
season. The permanent captains are voted on by the Clemson players.
Gardner was named the offensive captain, while Chad Carson was named
defensive captain. Chad Speck was named the permanent captain of the
special teams.


Carson led the Clemson team in tackles with 156, including double
figures in 10 of the 12 games. He had 10 tackles for loss and finished
fourth in the nation in tackles per game. Speck had 18 special teams
tackles and finished his career with 47, an all-time Clemson record.


Other awards were presented for solid, consistent and dependable
effort (solid rock award), 12th man award (excellence when coming off the
bench), and other areas. Graduate student Terry Witherspoon (offense) and
first-team All-American Keith Adams (defense) received the Team Player
Awards.


Awards were also presented for academic excellence. Those
recipients were led by first-team Academic All-Americans Chad Carson and
Kyle Young. Clemson was the only Division I school in the nation with two
first-team Academic All-Americans.



	Category	        Offense	                Defense
	Solid Rock Award	Morgan Woodward	        Chad Carson
                		Kyle Young	        Charles Hafley
		                Justin Watts	        Terry Bryant
		                Travis Zachery	        Terry Jolly
		                Woodrow Dantzler

	Hustle Award	        Jackie Robinson	        Nick Eason
	12th Man Award	        Willie Simmons	        Freddie James
	Iron Man Award	        Theo Mougros	        Chad Carson
	Rookie of the Year	K Youngblood	        Khaleed Vaughan
	Special Teams Award	Joe Don Reames	        Rodney Thomas
			        Brian Mance
	Scout Team Award	Tyrone Dickerson	Micah Lewis
	Team Player Award	Terry Witherspoon	Keith Adams
	Most Valuable,Playmaker	Rod Gardner	        Nick Eason
		                Woodrow Dantzler

	Captains	        Rod Gardner, WR	Chad Carson, LB
	Special Teams Captain	Chad Speck

	Strength Training
	Strength Training All-American	Terry Jolly
	Dedication Award	Kyle Young	        Nick Eason


	Academic Awards
	Highest Team GPA:	        Kyle Young
	Highest GPA (Freshman)	        Rusty Curry
	Highest GPA (R-Freshman)	Jeff Scott
	Highest GPA (Sophomore)	        Russell Stuermann
	Highest GPA (Junior)	        Kyle Young
	Highest GPA (Senior)	        Chad Speck

	Vickery Hall Award (Freshman)	Derrick Hamilton
	Vickery Hall Award (R-Freshman)	DeJuan Polk
	Vickery Hall Award (Sophomore)	Matt Schell
	Vickery Hall Award (Junior)	Brian Outlaw
	Vickery Hall Award (Senior)	Justin Watts

	Most Improved Academic Award:	Kevin Johnson and  Braxton K. Williams
	First-team Academic All-Americans:  Chad Carson and Kyle Young

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